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Father Justin Rose

St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church

Father Justin Rose was born in 1967 and grew up in New England. He was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. After attending college at St. Anselm in Manchester, New Hampshire, he waited tables in Portland, Maine for a year. He then attended St. Gregory the Theologian Melkite Seminary in Newton, Massachusetts and was ordained a priest in 1995. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of California and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Rose’s first assignment was serving the homeless at Emmaus House in Harlem, New York. He then transferred to California, serving Holy Cross Church in Orange County and St. Philip the Apostle Mission in San Bernardino from 1997 to 2017.  Rose came to Birmingham in 2017 to become pastor at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church.

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